Monday, 24 January 2011

“One planet, countless knowledge - exploring methods and approaches to Global Education”

On 18th November 2010, during the Global Education Week 2010, which took place in various schools across Slovenia, the Development NGO Platform Sloga and Humanitas organized an international experts’ roundtable “One planet, countless knowledge - exploring methods and approaches to Global Education”. There were two speakers from formal and informal educational institutions and two foreign guests from non-governmental organizations.

Ms Mojca Milek, a Primary School teacher, presented good practices of global education recently introduced into formal curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Ms Metka Bahlen, from the Institute for education and cultural activities Bob, talked about school dropouts and possibilities of involving them into other informal programs where they are supported and guided in order to obtain new skills, working experiences - global education and knowledge. Mr Franz Halbartschlager from the Austrian organisation Sudwind explained how they established a centre for global education in Austria. It works as a library containing interesting books about development cooperation, human rights, ecology, and so on. Furthermore, it also serves as a meeting place for events or information seekers. These centres are also present in Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary. Ms Pavlickova discussed about how to evaluate the quality of global education.

After the panel discussion participants had the opportunity to attend two workshops choosing between: ‘Global Citizenship', 'Human Rights', 'Intercultural dialogue', 'The environment and waste', 'A Different View on Education' and 'Project La Ngonpo – the variety of perspectives'. The participants evaluated the roundtable as interesting and very useful for their further work.

Information provided by Dunja Segrt, SLOGA

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